All traditional incandescent bulbs have been banned to accommodate the shift towards more efficient technologies. The less efficient halogen bulbs were phased out by the EU in 2018 and replaced by energy-efficient light bulbs. Therefore, Europe is now using less energy than ever before thanks to energy-saving lights.

Are there different types of energy-saving light bulbs?

Yes, according to Which?, there are two main types of energy-efficient bulbs: 

1. LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) use 90% less energy than traditional bulbs

2. CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lamps) use 60-80% less energy than traditional bulbs

What are the benefits of LEDs?

So let’s talk about energy-efficiency lighting facts.

If you replaced every bulb in your home with LED bulbs of the same brightness, you could save around £35 per year on your electricity bill
 

Not only that but LEDs also:

  • Offer improved light quality from the moment they're switched on,

  • Come in a wide variety of sizes and fittings,

  • Plus, each bulb lasts up to 25 years.

Want more energy-saving tips for lights and lamps?

Once you've installed your energy-saving light bulbs, you can save even more money by following these simple steps: 
 

  • Switch the light off when you leave a room.
  • Only switch on the lights that you need.
  • Install movement sensors and timers in appropriate rooms. 
  • Invest in smart bulbs to be able to control them from your smartphone or tablet – great for when you're away from home or just don't want to leave the sofa!
  • Hire a qualified electrician to reposition your light switches to convenient areas. 

    Ever wondered whether dimming lights can save you energy? Well, the answer is yes! Light dimmers reduce the flow of electricity to the bulb, allowing the lights to operate with lower power inputs.

Smart lighting for a brighter future

What are the benefits of smart lighting?

  • Switch your lights on and off from your smartphone or tablet
     
  • Dim, brighten or even change the colour of your bulbs through the Phillips Hue app
     

  • Connect your Amazon Alexa or Google Home to enable voice control
     
  • Set up an alert for your bulbs to gradually brighten so you don’t miss that important meeting!